Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic

George_MacKay_and_Dominic_Rowan_in_Ah_Wilderness_at_the_Young_Vic._Photo_by_Johan_PerssonComing-of-age comedy, moonlit romance and a gentle folk soul: can this really be Eugene O’Neill? The master of darkness makes a surprising departure with semi-autobiographical 1933 work Ah, Wilderness!, which visits staple tropes – addiction, family strife, responsibility and regret – with a marked lack of rancour. Like its youthful protagonist, world-weary cynicism is a mere pose, abandoned in favour of beguiling, hopeful innocence.

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